Family Development Services
 
 

Head Start Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I enroll my child in Head Start?
There are several ways to submit an application for your child to enroll in Head Start. You may submit your information online through this website by following this link. You can download an application here, fill it out, and mail it to the address listed on the application.
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How old does my child have to be to get into Head Start or Early Head Start program?
For our Head Start program, the age for enrollment is between 3 and 4 years of age. (If your child will be 3 years by September 1, he/she is also eligible to apply.) For our Early Head Start program, the age for enrollment is from 6 weeks of birth to 2 years old.
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Does my child have to be potty trained?
No, Head Start does not require children to be potty trained for enrollment.
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What are the income requirements? How do I know if my family qualifies?
Income requirements are set by the federal government and are changed each year. The best way to see if your family qualifies is to submit an application.
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Will my child be able to apply if he/she has a special need?
Yes, we welcome children with special needs. The Multi−Disciplinary Team assigned from your child’s school district will determine the least restrictive environment of learning based from your child’s IEP or IFSP.
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If the child’s biological parents are not in the household, what types of documents are required to enroll her/him in the Head Start or Early Head Start program?
Power of Attorney document with the seal, adoption papers, or relevant documents stating that the child is temporarily in your care.
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Do I need to have the enrollment packet by the time of the intake?
No, the enrollment packet is not required by the intake appointment. However, without immunization records it will prevent your child from getting a slot.
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I’ve already applied, what is next?
If you have already completed and submitted an application there is a process that is called the Application Eligibility Review which determines if your family meets the Federal Income Guidelines and eligibility for the program. The review will also identify which program your child is eligible for. This review involves the following:

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How long will it take for my application to be processed?
From the time Head Start receives your application, it takes approximately 1 to 6 weeks to be processed. An Intake Worker will contact you at that time to complete the application process.
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Where is the nearest Head Start or Early Head Start program to my home?
There are 9 Head Start centers located around Marion County and one in Hamilton County. There are only few centers that have Early Head Start classes.
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What are the hours of the Head Start or Early Head Start program?
Head Start Session Options: Full Day – Monday to Thursday(4 days) 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Half Day Sessions – Monday to Thursday (4 days) Morning Session ( 8:00 am to 11:30 am) or an Afternoon Sessions (1:00 pm to 4:30pm). Early Head Start Program Session: Monday to Thursday(4 days) from 7:30 am to 5:30pm
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Can I stay in the classroom with my child?
Yes, parents are always welcome to volunteer at their child’s classroom.
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When does school start and end?
School starts Ausgut and ends in the month of June.
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Will I need to turn in another application if my child is on the waitlist?
No, your child will remain on the waitlist until a vacancy occurs in that center, if you move you will need to contact the Family Advocate/Family Support Specialistfor that Center to transfer your child’s application to another center without reapplying. If the new school year begins and your child has not entered a classroom, you will need to reapply if your child is 3-4 years old.
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I’ve met with an Intake Worker, when do I enroll my child?
An Family Advocate/Family Support Specialist will contact you to complete an enrollment packet to prepare for your child’s enrollment into the program. Part of the enrollment packet will require getting a current physical exam, immunization record, Employment/School Verification (Full Day applicants only) and a dental screening for your child.
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I’ve completed the enrollment packet when does my child start?
Once the packet is completed, you will need to turn in all required documents to the Intake Worker. The Family Advocate/Family Support Specialist will contact you once a slot is available.
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Is there transportation available? Can I ride the bus with my child?
Transportation is not provided.
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How can my child qualify for a Full Day slot?
All parents or legal guardian in the household have to be either in school, working or in a vocational program to qualify for a Full Day slot. The verification documents will be in your packet.
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How can my child qualify for a Half Day slot?
All families qualify for half day slots.
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